How to Use the Levels Adjustment Layer in Photoshop

JGaulard

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I wrote a few pretty decent posts on this topic on the blog. You can check them out here:

Fixing Video That’s Too Bright or Too Dark in Adobe Photoshop

Adjusting an Image with Auto Levels in Adobe Photoshop

Those posts were a bit to read through, so I thought I'd write a condensed summary here in the forum, so here goes.

To apply a Levels adjustment layer in an effort to either brighten or darken an image, follow these instructions. This adjustment layer also helps with adding or removing contrast.

- Open your photograph in Adobe Photoshop.

- In the Adjustments panel, click the Levels icon.

- In the Properties panel that pops open, push the black, white and gray sliders under the histogram to the left or to the right until you see your desired result.

- Push the sliders attached to the black to white gradient bar underneath the previous sliders for additional results.

- Use the Auto button for a result that's suggested by Photoshop.

- To adjust the Reds, Greens or Blues in the photo, click on the RGB drop-down and make your color selection. Then, push the respective sliders for those colors.

This is a nice short summary. For further instructions, please visit the blog posts.
 
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